Clive Davis Responds: Kelly Clarkson Stories 'Had Every Fact Checked'

Steve Granitz

The industry veteran has responded to Clarkson's critique of his memoir, "The Soundtrack of My Life."

Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis has issued a statement responding to Kelly Clarkson's claims of revisionist history regarding his just-released book, "The Soundtrack of My Life." Among her allegations, the "American Idol" season one winner says Davis, who played a key A&R role in her first albums and string of hits, is confusing multiple meetings concerning such songs as "Since U Been Gone" and "Because of You."

Of the former, Clarkson wrote on Whosay, "[Davis] says I burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded 'Since U Been Gone' be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo, and Clive did not. Max [Martin], Dr. Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way."

Kelly Clarkson Slams Clive Davis Over 'False Information' in Memoir

Regarding the latter ballad, which Clarkson wrote, she claims Davis called her a "shitty" songwriter "who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me."

In a Twitlonger message posted from his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, Davis responded to Clarkson's post, writing:

"As anyone who has read 'The Soundtrack of My Life' knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights."